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Midnight Sun Espresso Stout - Yukon Brewing Company

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105 Ratings
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Ratings: 105
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Yukon Brewing Company visit their website
Yukon, Canada

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: lipschitz on 04-12-2004

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Ratings: 105 | Reviews: 63
Photo of Ramjet62
2.65/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

My first stout kind of tastes like molasses

Photo of Mlkluther
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Great beer - very strong rich flavours.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin light brown head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of semi-sweet dark toasted malt, chocolate, hints of coffee and vanilla. Flavor follows aroma with dark toasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Medium bodied with a nice mouth feel. A quite nicely made coffee stout that is well balanced, almost to the point of making it difficult to isolate the different flavors. The finish reveals a good coffee flavor and light bitterness. Somewhat mellow but well integrated, an enjoyable stout with good light coffee flavor. My second beer from Yukon and another good one.

Photo of SitkaSteve
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Free beer from a beer buddy who went to Yukon Brewing company.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a thin white to off white foamy head that dissipated and left some light lacing sticking and then sliding down into the beer.
The smell had a huge amount of espresso over some nice cocoa flavors.
The taste was balanced nicely between the espresso and the cocoa, roasty and sweet.
The mouthfeel was slightly sharp but not intruding. There's a nice bittersweet roastiness strolling over my palate.
Overall, wow, this was a really nice espresso stout that I could definitely do again.

Photo of Nightwing
4.3/5  rDev +12%

Poured from bottle. Great aroma of coffee and chocolate. Pours black with minimal tan head. Medium bitter taste. Full bodied, creamy texture, with soft carbonation. Overall an excellent stout that is just bitter enough, well balanced.

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

From a bottle, pours a charcoal dark black, looks a little thin and watery. It looks literally like a shot of cold espresso.

Nose is roasty, espresso beans, bitter cocoa. The flavor is how you would expect after the nose. It is dominated by the espresso, bitter coffee, some vanilla, roasted caramel with some bitter hops balancing in. Overall, this is good, I like it, but not a top tier in the style.

Photo of Olek4374
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

I've always been a big fan of Yukon brewing's products, and this one has been sitting in my fridge for a while, so I ought to finally get it over with.

It has that great black colour of any stout, albeit with not much head. Very smooth sipping with extremely mild carbonation, but quite big on aroma. You know that smell when you fill a coffee filter with fresh coffee? That's what this smells like, although obviously a little colder.

The espresso really comes out in the taste along with a sweet malty backing. The body is nice and creamy like most other stouts, but lacking a little something. My favourite stouts have a deeper flavour than what is present here, and have a bit of a heavier body. Nevertheless, this is a good specimen.

Photo of ludachris
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its deep cola brown body appears black when the glass is full. A finger's worth of wispy khaki coloured head doesn't have much stick and neither does the lace.

Freshly ground coffee beans and roasted malts compete to be the most prominent character in the nose where there is no clear winner. The latter gives off a dry, slightly smoky note. Silky milk chocolate and cocoa powder really come through as well. Chocolate covered raisins come to mind. Vanilla beans compliment the smooth chocolate character and round out the nose quite nicely. It's not the most pronounced coffee stout I've put my nose to but it is one of the more complex ones.

Roasted malts and coffee beans possess an equal weight in the taste. They come in unison, drying out the entire palate with a roasted, slightly smoky, and subtly bitter quality. These qualities have a dark chocolate backing to them. There's a touch of vanilla and berry sweetness mixed in with the chocolate as well but their presence is faint.

The body is light to medium with a clean feel and dry throughout. The soft creaminess is much appreciated. I like stouts to carry more weight to them and at 6.2% ABV, this one definitely has room to pack more of that in.

Overall, a good and clean coffee stout. The coffee is easily detectable but isn't over powering and is balanced nicely with the rest of the qualities of the beer. If the weight was there in the feel, this would have been great. I still enjoyed it nonetheless.

Photo of Scrylol
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a one finger mocha colored head that disappears really quickly. Lots of lacing. Black body. Looks nice, shame of lack of head though.

Sweet milk chocolate with coffee, vanilla, caramel notes. Slight peppery aroma... okay. Bit of alcohol smell as well, weird for a beer with only 6.2% ABV.

Coffee, espresso, chocolate, vanilla, and malty notes on the tongue. Delicious. Despite the smell, there was no peppery or alcohol taste. Slight hop bitterness, bit heavier on the malt side. Really good.

Creamy, silky, smooth mouthfeel. Nice carbonation.

A nice espresso stout from Yukon Brewing. My first beer with them, and so far it seems great. Despite the questionable aroma, the taste was fantastic.

Photo of zachloveshisbeer
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A dark, wicked brew poured into a pint glass with little or no head retention. Smells of coffee, chocolate and caramel tones and I also get a slight alcohol on the nose. The taste is beyond your wildest dreams and packs quite the wallop. I find that this is truly a winter warmer and being that it's from the Yukon, they need all the help they can get! When you don't see the sun for weeks on end and the snow is piled up past your roof, you want to be drinking this while nestled in your Snuggie next to your fireplace.

Photo of Otterburn
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before november 2012..

Very dark appearance, totally black.
Small beige head, around the glass, poured into my Guinness pint.
I cant see any carbonation..

Smashy coffee espresso smell, stout smell.

Taste vvery much as an espresso, nice torrefication,
Bitterness is alright

mouthfeel: a bit thick, ,low carbonation and long coffee aftertaste

Overall, enjoy
very drinkable for a strong stout*

Photo of nighthawk
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

341 mL bottle with date notched in label poured into pint glass. Noticed too late that this beer is two months past its best-by date. Oh well, let's give it a shot anyway.

Pours a deep enough brown to be confused with black, only hints of oaky brown at the edges when held to light. Mocha head is a finger high and bubbly, fades quickly, but leaves nice lacing on the glass.

Nose is a nicely potent coffee, roasted grains, hints of chocolate and caramel.

Coffee holds back a bit in the flavour. It's still there, but I get more of a caramel and roasted/charred bread and grain flavour up front, and some fruity esters and mild bitterness on the finish.

Smooth body, nice carbonation, but a bit too thin for my liking.

Overall this is a good espresso stout, and if I lived in Montreal, I would likely buy this regularly if it were available all winter. It's no Peche Mortel, but it's tasty.

Photo of leaddog
4.73/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very dark, almost black in colour (unable to see through it) with right amount of head.

Smell: Roasted espresso beans, dark chocolate undertones.

Taste: Immediately hit with espresso flavour, with a little bit of a roasted taste. Pleasant aftertaste with a lingering coffee flavour.

Mouthfeel: Goes down very nice and smooth. Perfect amount of bubbles for this style of beer.

Overall: This is one of the best flavoured stouts I have ever tasted. I cannot think of a single thing that would need improvement. I highly recommend it for a cool, crisp day in the fall or winter (it'll warm you right up!). A true classic from Yukon Brewing.

Photo of CrazyMike
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black appearance with a thick brown head that quickly disappears leaving good licensing. Smell consists of roasted malt, strong coffee, chocolate and smokiness.

Taste has a strong espresso hint to it, thought I was drinking coffee at first. Picked up roasted malt, smokiness, toffee, grain with a hint of chocolate and vanilla as well. Surprisingly light bodied with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste is a beer version of the aftertaste for coffee.

This is definitely a unique stout, I didn't expect "Espresso Stout" to be so literal. On top of the dark complex taste, it is very drinkable. A must try if you’re a coffee fan

Photo of Jeffo
2.63/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Got this one in a trade with jprime. I'd wanted to try this one for a while, so thanks for helping out man!

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A dark pour produces a one finger, medium looking, somewhat noisy tan head with good retention. Black body with zero carbonation evident. Head fades to a ring and decent wisp that persist until the end and leave some dots of lacing down the glass. Good look, but the head needs to relax a little.

SMELL: A mild nose of roasted and smoky malt with some soft espresso coffee notes. Pleasant, but simply too mute.

TASTE: Relatively sweet with very little espresso. Roasted malts and caramel up front with some soft, mild coffee notes at the finish. Mild flavors and slightly watery through the middle. At the swallow, however, things come to life a little. A smoky and sweet caramel aftertaste is bigger and lingers nicely, with touches of bitter espresso as balance. This is just too mild to be memorable, and the espresso flavors aren’t forthcoming enough.

PALATE: Medium body and lower levels of carbonation. A little watery on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Needs to be fuller and creamier; too watery.

OVERALL: A little disappointing as an espresso stout. All the elements are there, but it’s simply too mild and watery to even be considered average. Flavors picked up a little after the swallow, but that is only half of the story. Glad to have tried this long time Want, but will not be seeking this one out again. Thanks for the hook up jprime!

Photo of fostachild
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured a pitch black color, with a small tan head.

smell was of chocolate, mocha. fairly nice.

taste was decent - heavy coffee, malt, and a slight bitterness to it.

overall is was pretty average stout, didn't find it to stand out amongst other similar styles i've had in the past.

Photo of Rutager
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours black with a figer of frothy tan head.

Smell. Roasty dark malts, medium roast coffee and a little molasses and chocolate.

Taste. Dark roasty malts, tobacco and molasses, slightly sour coffee with some smokey dark malt bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with medium, slightly prickly carbonation.

Overall. Good everyday drinker. A little rough around the edges but drinks well.

Photo of DrJay
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark with translucent chestnut edges and a thin cap of fine mocha bubbles. Decent head retention and streaky lacing. Big coffee grounds and caramel aroma, milk chocolate. Quite bitter throughout, from both the hops and the dark malts/coffee. Malted milk sweetness and a hint of chocolate with burnt sugar and nuts in the finish. Low carbonation, silky texture, very smooth, medium bodied, slight astringency. Quite good.

Photo of Digimaika2
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black with a beautiful two-finger creamy mocha-coloured head. Head reminds me of whipping cream a little bit- quite creamy.

S: Very strong espresso aromas, quite alot of dark chocolate, and some faint vanilla. A strong roasted aroma hangs over this, almost bordering on too much- kind of like sticking your nose in a bag of ground coffee beans.

T: Espresso and dark chocolate is quite present and pleasing, but there is a surprising kick of earthy hops to even the flavour out. Wasn't expecting that from the overly-coffee aroma. Also picking up raspberry notes in this, as another reviewer pointed out.

M: Rather thin for the style, even coming in at 6.2%. Would prefer a bit more viscosity. Carbonation seems a bit flat, but it doesn't necessarily have an effect with this style.

D: Nice stout, but at $3.50/bottle (SAQ) I don't think I would be reaching for this again. Good offering from a Canadian brewery- great to see this sort of product out there.

Photo of spinrsx
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours an opaque black/brown colour with a large frothy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some good lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - chocolate, malts, grains, coffee, smoke

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and most of the taste consists of coffee, chocolate, breads/grains and malts. There is also a bit of a burnt flavour that causes the beer to have a smoky taste. The beer finishes bitter coffee aftertaste.

Overall – The beer needs a little bit of a boost on the carbonation levels.. it felt flat and even a little watery on the tongue. The beer had a decent coffee smell and taste, but the other flavours were pretty weak. Anyways, I'm happy I tried it but I wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of andrenaline
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a finger of mocha head, little retention and no real lacing.

S - Espresso followed by dark cocoa and some faint marshmallows.

T - The espresso hits you but is quickly overwhelmed by dark chocolate. Some roasted nutty flavours linger on the tongue on the finish. Very tasty.

M - Medium bodied ale that prickles the throat a bit and finishes slightly dry, but is not overly offensive.

D - This is definitely one of the better espresso/cofee stouts to come out of the Canadian craft scene. It comes a close second to Mill Street's offering, though is a little more bitter. Worthy offering to any coffee stout fan.

Photo of MasterSki
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a recent trade with wordemupg. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip. No obvious freshness date.

A - Pours with a dime of tan foam that quickly dissipates to a thin ring and a swirl of haze on top, leaving behind no lacing. Black body with a hint of transparent brown at the bottom.

S - Espresso, big chocolate fudge, sugar, dark roasted malts, and cream. It's definitely more cafe mocha in my book. There's a bit of stale coffee ground flavor I pick up in old coffee stouts.

T - The taste is a step back. It's fairly understated, with notes of cocoa and raspberries(?) as well. The fruit isn't tart, so it's definitely not infected. Definitely not as much coffee flavor.

M - A little thin and watery. Carbonation is pleasant, with a little bit of tingle to it. Smooth texture, and no obvious alcohol.

D - This went down easy enough. The only knock is a bit of acidity and the somewhat underwhelming flavor. Best beer I've had from the Yukon!

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pitch black with short mocha head that retained a decent covering
S - bitter espresso bean chocolate fudge, light sweet raisins
T - strong espresso (maybe a double shot), with bitter dark chocolate, burnt roasty malt with light earthy hops
M - full body chewy with surprising carbonation with a bitter finish
D - in terms of flavour this is to regular stout as espresso is to regular coffee, and as a coffee and beer lover I can really appreciate this, maybe not for everybody but it is exactly as advertised

Photo of QuestionableScum
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours opaque black with small tan head that dissipates quite quickly.

Smell- I get roasted malts, coffee, sweet cherry and some sweet malt.

Taste- Initially I get whalloped with malty sweetness (molasses comes to mind). Next, you get lots of roasted malts and coffee, as well as a mild smoky flavour. Finishes with a slight bitter espresso aftertaste. Overall, a pretty good flavour profile, although I found this a little bit sweet. I think that the coffee, roasted malt, and smoke characteristics get overshadowed by the initial malty sweetness.... Still pretty tasty though, but I expected more espresso.

Mouthfeel- A bit too thin for my tastes. Quite sticky, but not as viscous as I think a stout should be.

Drinkability- I think the sweetness of this beer takes away from its drinkability. One is alright for after supper for dessert, but I would not want to drink any more than one, or two at most.

Overall, a pretty good espresso stout, but perhaps a little bit too sweet, and not enough espresso in the flavour.

Photo of tbeckett
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - hard pour into a snifter only produces a tiny tan head that's fading fast. Totally black. Medium to heavy carbonation.

S - I could smell the coffee when I opened it. Aroma is tons more plus lot's of roasted malts. Combined the two sort of create this unpleasant aroma like burnt coffee but it's not too harsh as to not be able to separate the two.

T - Roasty. Malty sweetness. Coffee is more subdued in the flavour like hops in an EPA. Bitterness lingers. Not overly complex but nice.

M - Carbonation makes this less pleasant than it has potential to be.

D - If stout are your scene than this could be a really nice session beer. ABV is slightly higher than I'd like in a session stout but the coffee makes me want to come back for more.

I've had better stouts but this is a decent one from a brewery I didn't have great expectations for.

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Midnight Sun Espresso Stout from Yukon Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.